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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 391. Regulations for the Licensure of Hospice
10/31/2020

12VAC5-391-270. Infection Control.

A. The hospice program shall implement a program to reduce the risk of infection.

B. Infection control activities shall include, but are not limited to:

1. Staff, patient, patient family or caregiver education regarding infection risk-reduction behaviors;

2. Use of universal precautions;

3. Handling, storing, processing and transporting of regulated medical waste according to applicable procedures;

4. Handling, storing, processing and transporting supplies and equipment in a manner that prevents the spread of infection; and

5. Monitoring of staff performance of infection control practices.

C. Accumulated waste, including all contaminated sharps, dressings, or similar infectious waste, shall be disposed of in a manner compliant with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030).

D. Dedicated hospice facilities shall have provisions for isolating patients with infectious diseases.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-162.5 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 21, Issue 23, eff. November 1, 2005.

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